Pet Transportation, Pet Relocation and Dog Shipping Across the States and Internationally requires special care. Some destinations have implemented programs of rabies control whereby pet owners have an alternative to the traditional long-term (6 month) quarantine. By meeting prescribed criteria of pre-entry veterinary requirements quarantine periods can be reduced to a minimum of 1 month.
Here at Animal Transporters, We specialize in helping pet owners meet the strict requirements of these pet transportation and import programs. We have been in this business for many years and our policy of “zero-tolerance for error” has contributed to our success, and earned us an excellent reputation.
Shipping, Transporting and/ or Relocating dogs, cats and most pets from the US to Foreign Countries and state to state is a complicated process and requires specialized knowledge of import and export documentation, veterinary procedures, timing, airline policies, pet travel crate requirements, quarantine, boarding accommodation, and proper animal identification.
We provide professional assistance to pet owners, breeders, and their veterinarians to make this process as seamless and stress-free as possible. We can provide a complete “door-to-door” service to ensure that your pet makes it to your new home without any problems.
We adhere to the rules and regulations of the Live Animal Regulations of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).
We are registered with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an Intermediate Handler, with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as an Indirect Air Carrier and we adhere to the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act in all phases of our operation.
We are also members of the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International (IPATA).
If you want to ship your Dog, Cat or Pet to another state or from state to state & across the country by yourself, here are a few things you need to know:
1. Contact your airline for requirements and restrictions for transporting dogs by plane. American Airlines, for example, has restrictions prohibiting the “snub-nose” breeds such as pugs, Boston terriers, and boxers, which might have trouble breathing at high altitudes or in fluctuating temperatures. And there are a limited number of spaces on a plane for animals.
2. Check the calendar. For airlines that ship pets in the cargo area, traveling in high heat can be extremely dangerous for your dog. This is why Delta Airlines has a standing embargo on pets traveling as checked baggage from May 15 to September 15. Even if your airline allows pets as cargo during the hot summer months, it’s not in your pet’s best interest.
3. Book your pet’s flight as far in advance as possible to ensure that he can travel within the time frame you need.
4. Visit the vet. According to the American Kennel Club, or AKC, “Certification of health must be provided no more than 10 days before travel. Rabies and vaccination certificates are also required.”
5. Walk your pet before traveling to the airport and before checking him into the flight’s cargo. To avoid accidents and keep your dog comfortable, limit food and water intake before the flight.
6. Arrange for quick pickup at the destination so your dog spends as little time as possible in the cargo holding area
Tips, Warnings and more important info regarding Pet Transportation, Relocation and Dog Shipping:
Ship your dog in a sturdy, plastic pet carrier with adequate ventilation and a secure mechanism for latching the door to prevent escapes. Your carrier should be large enough for your dog to stand up, lie down and turn around. Mark it with “LIVE ANIMAL,” arrows indicating which side is up, your dog’s name and your complete contact information.
If you’re flying, your small dog can fly in the cabin with you as carry-on luggage on many airlines. Check the specific airline for requirements on carrier specifications and dimensions. Most providers require the carrier to fit under the seat in front of you.
Do not ship your dog wearing a muzzle. This can be a suffocation or choking hazard.
Remove your dog’s leash from inside the crate; it can pose a choking hazard.
For dogs with special needs or health problems, travel by car is generally safest.
Hawaii has laws that require dogs coming into the state to go through an inspection and up to five-day quarantine period. Check current restrictions in advance of your dog’s trip to avoid unnecessary delays or rejection after quarantine.